Life, NWO's first life sciences congress, successful

5 June 2019

On 28 and 29 May, the Dutch Research Council organised its first Life Sciences Congress: Life2019. The congress theme was Communication in Life. Life2019 brought about 500 researchers from the wide spectrum of Dutch Life Sciences together for a surprising and inspiring programme.

Various internationally renowned speakers presented their work with the golden thread “Communication in Life”. Plenary speaker Iain Couzin kicked off the event with a keynote presentation about collective behaviour, which elicited many enthusiastic reactions on social media. Twitter users described the lecture as "astonishing" and "brilliant".
On the second day, keynote speaker Ottoline Leyser talked about the development of plants under the title “Thinking without a brain”. Her presentation clearly inspired delegates too. Other invited speakers included David Reznick who talked about evolutionary adaptation in guppies and Sigal Ben-Yehuda who talked about communication between bacteria. Top scientists from the Netherlands also presented their research, including Spinoza laureate Marileen Dogterom and Stevin laureate Marion Koopmans.

Young researchers were given plenty of opportunity to present their research during parallel sessions and poster presentations. The theme “Communication in Life” was also made tangible in other aspects of the programme, such as the workshops and the speed dates with communication experts in which participants could seek tailored advice.

NWO will organise the next edition of the congress on 26 and 27 May 2020. Life2020 also aims to connect and inspire senior and junior researchers from all disciplines in the life sciences.

About NWO

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) is one of the largest research funding bodies in the Netherlands. NWO ensures quality and innovation in science and facilitates the impact of this in society. NWO's primary task is to fund scientific research at Dutch public research institutions, especially at universities. NWO focuses on all scientific disciplines and research fields. NWO encourages national and international collaboration, manages and funds nine national research institutes, invests in large-scale research facilities and facilitates the use of research results. 

Source: NWO